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Turkey central bank silent as lira 'freefall' intensifies

Istanbul - Turkey's embattled lira on Wednesday lost over three percent in value to hit new historic lows against the US dollar, but there was no word from the central bank of any emergency action to buttress the currency.

Review: Orjan Nilsen will blow you away with 'Prism' album Special

Norwegian trance sensation Orjan Nilsen has released his new electronic album "Prism," via the record label, Armada Music.

The scandals bedevilling Facebook

Paris - As Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg pursues a tour of Europe to explain his company's shortcomings involving the use of data and fake news, here is a roundup of the scandals.

Macron plan for French suburbs slammed as insufficient

Paris - French opposition parties and media on Wednesday slammed President Emmanuel Macron's plan for tackling urban poverty, saying the proposals unveiled a day earlier lacked ambition and were just for show.

Macron and Putin: 'frenemies' reunited

Paris - With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Review: Ada Vox and Patti LaBelle steal Idol finale with 'Lady Marmalade' Special

At this year's "American Idol" season finale, Ada Vox and R&B queen Patti LaBelle had the best performance of the night with a soul classic.

Italy president summons PM candidate amid CV scandal

Rome - Italy's president Wednesday summoned Giuseppe Conte as he prepared to announce whether he will appoint the little-known lawyer to lead a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment groups.

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Kathmandu - Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

Catalonia postpones swearing in new regional government

Barcelona - Catalonia's new separatist president on Wednesday postponed the swearing in of his administration after Madrid rejected four regional minister who are in jail or exile over the region's independence push.

Shell Airflow Starship semi truck seeks a fuel economy record

San Diego - Bob Sliwa left from San Diego last Thursday night in a carbon-fiber-bodied, diesel powered semi truck. He is attempting to set a record for fuel economy for big trucks by the time he reaches Jacksonville Florida next Wednesday.

HTC's new flagship phone is here

HTC unveiled their new flagship phone today, the U12+, and this is the only one they're planning on releasing this year.

Are cracks emerging in the Russia-Iran alliance in Syria?

Tehran - Russia's recent call for foreign forces to leave Syria was seen as a possible turning-point in its tricky alliance with Iran, though analysts say their partnership still has a long way to run.

Javier Bardem sounds free speech warning in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Oscar-winner Javier Bardem warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of expression with artists probed or jailed for voicing their opinions.

Digital transformation of car dealerships Special

Car dealerships are embracing a range of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, in order to increase efficiencies and to remain competitive. One leading example is PureCars, and the CEO, Sam Mylrea, has provided his vision to Digital Journal.

Pipeline bottleneck is choking Canada's economy

Ottawa - While oil production in Canada is surging, profit margins for oil producers are sinking as they strive to stay competitive with U.S. markets. This is because Canada simply does not have enough pipeline capacity to deliver its oil to market.

UK admits will pay Brexit bill before agreeing trade deal

London - The British government acknowledged Wednesday it must pay its Brexit divorce bill before securing a new trade deal with the EU, despite previously insisting the cash could be a bargaining chip.

Zuckerberg to face pressure on taxes in meeting with Macron

Paris - Fresh from saying "sorry" to European lawmakers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds talks with Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday where he will face renewed pressure over his company's tax policies.

UN panel rejects plea by Brazil's Lula over imprisonment

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Committee has denied a request by Brazil's ex-president Lula da Silva seeking emergency action against his imprisonment, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Speaker Nabih Berri, great survivor of Lebanese politics

Beirut - Famous for his quick wit and shrewd politicking, Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri is returning for a sixth consecutive term as speaker of Lebanon's parliament, making him one of the world's longest-serving legislative chiefs.

Bay of Pigs veteran Posada, accused of Cuban airlines bombing, dies at 90

Miami - Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA agent and veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion who was accused of masterminding the bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976, died Wednesday at age 90, his lawyer said.
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